October, 29/2007
Garden Escapes Announces Design Workshop on Designing Your Courtyard
San Luis Obispo, CA, October 23 , 2007 — Garden Escapes, a San Luis Obispo-based landscape design, build and estate care company, will present a Design Workshop on “Designing Your Courtyard” on Tuesday, November 6 at 202 Tank Farm Rd, Suite E-2, in San Luis Obispo from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This workshop is one in the series of workshops held on the first Tuesday of each month that are scheduled until the end of this year. The focus of the workshop will be on creating a courtyard in a previously unused space. “ Most of us have small areas around our house that may seem unusable and wasted.” said Erik Jones, owner of Garden Escapes. “In fact, such a space can be transformed into a charming courtyard with some imagination.” The seminar will cover basic design principles, choosing materials for the courtyard floor, selecting plants, and creating the transition to the courtyard with installation of new doors. The Design Workshops are facilitated by members of the Garden Escapes design team and the format of the workshop is a dialog between the workshop attendees and Garden Escapes designers. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs or digital media of things they have created, or are having design challenges with, related to the evening’s topic to share with the group. There will be a PowerPoint presentation to introduce the subject with handouts presented to the participants. “Our workshop series has been very successful” said Garden Escapes designer Keith Sattler. “We have enjoyed working with the participants. They bring good questions and are very enthusiastic about their projects.” The Design Workshops will be presented on the first Tuesday of the month until the end of the year at the Garden Escapes office and are free. All workshops begin at 6 p.m. The schedule for the next month, December 4 is Planning Your Large Space. The schedule for 2008 will come out in November. Workshop space is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to make reservations by calling Garden Escapes at 805-781-0267 or email info@slolandscape.com. Guests can also show up the night of the seminar and attend space permitting.
October, 29/2007
Garden Escapes owner, Erik Jones, Makes List of Entrepreneurs Under 40
San Luis Obispo, CA, October 9, 2007 — Erik Jones, owner of Garden Escapes, a San Luis Obispo-based landscape design, build and estate care company, was recently named one of the top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40 by Pacific Coast Business Times. Pacific Coast Business Times compiled the list from three counties: San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. According to the publisher, George Wolverton, the 2007 Pacific Coast Business Times 40 Under 40 competition was the most competitive in the seven-year history of the special edition. The judging process was based on three distinct criteria: professional accomplishment, community involvement, and outside recognition of those accomplishments. In addition to this recognition, Jones’s company, Garden Escapes, was named No. 6 of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies by Pacific Coast Business Times in the August 31-September 6 issue this year. Jones first became interested in landscaping when he tore out and redesigned his mother’s garden at age 9. He started Garden Escapes in 2002 as a two-man operation while he was a student at Cal Poly. At Cal Poly, he studied Horticulture and Business, and quickly gained recognition for his unique and natural water features and use of stone. During the summer of his fourth year of school, his business took off and became a full time career. Jones thinks outside the box in terms of creating unique landscapes. He takes risks in working with large boulders, installing fire pits among waterfalls, and the creative use of scale, dimension and original artwork to create one of a kind living spaces. He pushes the envelope in terms of plant selection for his environments, and the resulting landscape always presents a harmonious complement that is unique to the theme of the installation. The rapid steady growth of Garden Escapes has resulted from a combination of passion for landscaping, creativity in design, commitment to quality, and excellent personalized customer service creating long term relationships with clients to bring their dreams to fruition. Jones practices an “Open Door” management style which encourages and supports every employee’s creative input. The staff gets together and swaps ideas and encourages each others creativity during weekly meetings. Employees are encouraged to take initiative in an atmosphere of safety, where to try and fail is better than not trying at all. Jones is community-minded and the company encourages all its employees to participate in a charitable organization on company time. Employees are involved in the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, ECOSLO, North County Christian School, The SLO Literacy Council, Youth Sports Programs, PTA, Rotary, California Landscape Contractors Association and local churches.
October, 29/2007
Garden Escapes Makes List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies
San Luis Obispo, CA, September 25, 2007 — Garden Escapes, a San Luis Obispo-based landscape design, build and estate care company, was recently ranked sixth out of 50 of the Fastest Growing Companies by Pacific Coast Business Times. Pacific Coast Business Times compiled the list from three counties, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura, and Garden Escapes was one of only two San Luis Obispo County businesses to be included. This was the first time such a list was compiled. "As the business journal of record for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, we're eager to recognize the leading-edge companies that are rocketing their way to success." said Henry Dubroff, editor of the Business Times. "We look forward to expanding Fastest Growing companies next year and we're hoping to land a sponsor or two for a full-blown awards event." “We have been working hard creating unique environments and growing fast” said Erik Jones, owner of Garden Escapes. “It is an honor to be recognized for all that we have accomplished in the past five years.” In 2002 Erik Jones launched Garden Escapes as a two-man operation and today it employs 28 people. The company has experienced more than 100 percent growth every year for the past five years. Garden Escapes reached a milestone in 2006 when it was ranked in the top 10 percent of all landscape companies in the United States in terms of earnings. Over 90 percent of all landscape contract companies never exceed $1 million in annual revenue. If the company stays on track, it will be in the top 1 percent of landscape companies that earn $5 million in annual sales by 2008. “People are our most valuable resource,” Jones explained, “and we invest in our staff from the very beginning during the thorough interview process. We make sure to spend the time we need to get the right person for the job.” Garden Escapes has built a team of talented and creative people and each employee is encouraged to continue to grow and evolve by constantly learning new things. The rapid steady growth of Garden Escapes has resulted from a combination of passion for landscaping, creativity in design, commitment to quality, and excellent personalized customer service creating long term relationships with clients to bring their dreams to fruition. Jones thinks outside the box in terms of creating unique landscapes. He takes risks in working with large boulders, installing fire pits among waterfalls, and the creative use of scale, dimension and original artwork to create one of a kind outdoor living spaces. He hires master craftsmen in each field to accomplish his designs. He also pushes the envelope in terms of plant selection for his environments and the resulting landscape always presents a harmonious complement that is unique to the theme of the installation.
October, 29/2007
Garden Escapes Announces the First Design Workshop in Series
San Luis Obispo, CA, July 31 , 2007 — Garden Escapes, a San Luis Obispo-based landscape design, build and estate care company, will present the first Design Workshop of its monthly series on Tuesday, August 7 at 202 Tank Farm Rd, Suite E-2, in San Luis Obispo from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The title of this inaugural workshop is “Designing for Small Spaces.” Subsequent workshops will be held on the first Tuesday of each month. “I have been working on some fun design projects involving small spaces and I look forward to sharing ideas with the participants of the workshop” said designer Caroline Ficker. The Design Workshops are intended to create a dialog between the workshop guests and the Garden Escapes design team and will be facilitated by designers Keith Sattler and Caroline Ficker. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs or digital media of things they have created or are having design challenges with related to the evening’s topic. There will be a PowerPoint presentation to introduce the subject with handouts presented to the participants. “We want the guests to be able to take something home with them and our handouts are a great tool to have something to jump off from for their own creativity.” Sattler said. The Design Workshops will be presented on the first Tuesday of the month at the Garden Escapes office and are free. All workshops will begin at 6 p.m. The schedule for the coming months is as follows: September 4: Outdoor Room Design; October 2: Courtyards; November 6:Planning an Outdoor Kitchen; and December 4: Planning Your Large Space. Workshop space is limited so interested participants are encouraged to make early reservations by calling Garden Escapes at 805-781-0267 or email info@slolandscape.com. Guests can also show up at the seminar and attend if space permits.
October, 29/2007
Garden Escapes Adds Horticulturist to Design Team
San Luis Obispo, CA, July 17, 2007 — Garden Escapes, a San Luis Obispo-based landscape design, build and estate care company, has added a Horticulturist to its growing staff. Janet Swanson joined the firm is April. Swanson received her Certificate in Gardening and Horticulture from UCLA in March. This is a second career for Swanson who was previously employed as a film editor in Los Angeles. A lifetime love of plants and gardening led her to the UCLA program and subsequent move to Los Osos with her husband in December of 2006. “We feel it is an advantage to have a plant specialist who has a true passion for plants on our staff,” said Erik Jones, owner of Garden Escapes. “We like to push the envelope and are always looking for unique plants for our clients and Janet adds her extensive knowledge and flair to the team.” Swanson works along with the designers, who also have strong horticultural backgrounds. She researches ornamental plants and trees and creates a unique plant palette for each client depending on the theme of the landscape that Garden Escapes is creating, be it a lush woodland landscape along a water feature or a California Native garden under a grove of live oaks. “I really enjoy the collaboration with Erik and the designers to come up with the perfect combination of plants and trees to make the client’s dream a reality” Swanson said. Other aspects of Swanson’s position as horticulturist include maintaining the plant nursery Garden Escapes keeps at its yard on Tank Farm Road, researching gardening topics and writing articles for the company website and newsletter, and consulting on plant problems such as pests and diseases.
October, 29/2007
Garden Escapes Announces Its Rodent Control Device
San Luis Obispo, CA, July 11, 2007 — Garden Escapes, a San Luis Obispo-based landscape design, build and estate care company, has added a new and unique piece of equipment to its custom farming option as part of its horticulture estate care program. It is a quick and effective extermination device to rid of gophers, ground squirrels, moles and other burrowing rodents. The device is unique for rodent extermination in that it does not make use of dangerous poisons so there is no chemical residue that can harm plants and family pets or runoff into the local watershed. The device consists of canisters of oxygen and propane attached to a tube that is inserted into the rodent hole. The oxygen and propane are combined and then ignited which causes a concussive force that humanely and effectively destroys the rodent’s tunnels and the rodents.
May, 17/2007
Check Out Garden Escapes' Sale Inventory
Visit www.gardenescapes.shutterfly.com to view Garden Escapes' current For Sale inventory! Plant inventory from upscale and unique homes featured on Homes of Distinction tour and in Central Coast Magazine. Other items include flagstone, bricks, iron fencing, columns, fountains, and machinery. Contact janet@slolandcape.com or call 805-781-0267 for more details.
April, 24/2007
Garden Escapes to Exhibit at SLO Home Show

Date: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20. 10am - 5pm daily. Free admission. Trolley service available for all attendees. Visit the Garden Escapes exhibit to enter to win a Custom Outdoor Oasis! Details and more information available at www.slohomeshow.com.

February, 20/2007
Casting Call For Outdoor Garden Show
Do you have front or backyard that just isn't up to par? Would you describe it as plain or lackluster? Are you embarrassed to have guests over because of the appearance of your backyard? Have you always wanted to participate in one of those “EXTREME” home or garden makeover shows, but you didn’t know how? If so, then we are looking to team up with you. Our landscape design experts will help you to transform your front or backyard into the beautifully landscaped area of your dreams! We are currently looking for homeowners in San Luis Obispo County who want an outdoor living area makeover starting in February 2007. So if you have a front or backyard that is in dire need of a makeover and are planning on spending at least $50,000 to improve it, then please go online and fill out our application at www.outdoorgardenshow.com. One of our designers will contact you to schedule an appointment to see if your project fulfills the requirements to be included in our new local TV Series. It's a fun, exciting, and very rewarding process.
February, 20/2007
Garden Escapes Partners To Help The Emerson Community Gardens
The Emerson Community Gardens on Nipomo and Pismo Streets have been in long need of a larger and updated compost bin system for the gardeners of the community gardens. These organizations have come together to fill that need. The existing bin is no longer functional. A new bin will not only eliminate an unsightly mess, but will also provide a site for classes of community members to learn. In addition, the new bin will also serve to promote composting of green waste among the current and future community gardeners. Garden Escapes has committed to contributing the labor to build the bins once all needed supplies have been acquired through the care and support of other local companies. The expected completion date of the project is February 14, 2007. The San Luis Obispo City Parks and Recreation Department and ECOSLO are soliciting contributions of the materials needed to construct the new compost bin system. A drawing and list of materials is attached to this press release for reference. Contributors names or companies will be listed on a sign at the Community Garden to acknowledge the kind support and generosity of each contribution.
January, 22/2007
Garden Escapes Celebrates Ribbon Cutting
The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce honored Garden Escapes with a recent ribbon cutting ceremony. Garden Escapes has been a proud member of the chamber and was thrilled by the recent recognition. Founder and CEO Erik Jones is in the center cutting the Ribbon.